HBOT – Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy involves supplying a body with 100% pure medical grade oxygen at 2 times the normal atmospheric pressure. At this rate, a body is supplied with 5 to 10 times more oxygen at higher pressures as a result of which more oxygen gets dissolved in the red blood cells and in plasma. The excess oxygen is supplied to every needy cell and tissue in the body that can promote optimal functioning and repair of cells, tissues etc.
The excess oxygen is supplied to every cell, tissue and muscle in the body including those in the brain. Most often, the infecting organisms thrive in no-oxygen zone. When oxygen is supplied to the brain cells and to the infected area, it helps in multiple ways.
Brain abscess is a collection of pus that forms when an area of the brain is infected or hurt. Brain abscess should be treated as a medical emergency failing which can result in functioning of certain body parts or may lead to death. Brain abscess is often seen in men under 30 years of age followed by children between 4 and 7 years.
Scientists in Israel genetically modified the genes of mice so that they get Alzheimer’s disease. Once the mice started showing symptoms of the disease, they were treated with HBOT every day for 2 weeks and the results were “Extremely Exciting”. The mice showed significant reduction in physical and behavioural symptoms after treating with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
1. Gas Gangrene
2. Thermal burns or any other serious burns
3. Intracranial Abscesses
4. Acute Traumatic Ischemia (ATI)
5. Gas Embolism
6. Radiation Damage (usually in patients who underwent cancer treatment)
7. Decompression sickness
8. Severe injuries where the muscles are crushed under heavy force
9. Infections that spread faster or kill soft tissue faster
10. Foot ulcers or wounds in diabetic patients
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a condition when a person is subjected to inhaling carbon monoxide released from combustion of fuel, wood or other flammable items in a completely or partially closed space. Usually when a flammable item is burnt, it releases carbon monoxide which is typically an unstable gas. It immediately combines with oxygen present in the air to form carbon dioxide.
The diagnosis of TBI is done by measuring the impact of the injury on a Glasgow Coma Scale. The scale ranges from 3 to 15, higher the number, lesser the impact. When a person is admitted to the hospital due to a brain injury and if the person is awake, the first test done is to check if he/she is able to follow the directions of the nurse/doctor, move his/her eyes and limbs as instructed. Then the speech is tested. These can give important clues in assessing the extent of the damage that has happened.
TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury refers to the severe blow/injury to the head that affects the brain tissues and their functioning. This can due to the use of blunt force like hitting the head with a heavy object or when the head hits a hard object during an accident etc or due to piercing objects that pass through the skull and enter the brain damaging the brain tissues
Brain stroke is a medical emergency condition wherein the blood supply/flow to the brain is disrupted due to various reasons. As the blood supply drops, the brain cells in the corresponding areas with low or nearly no blood supply start to die resulting in loss of functionality of body parts, speech problems, paralysis and sometimes death.
Anoxic Brain Injury is a condition when the brain is deprived of oxygen supply as a result of which the brain cells start dying approximately after four minutes. Anoxic Brain Injury can be caused due to several reasons such as carbon monoxide poisoning, drowning etc which we will look at in detail in this article.